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Date : August 24 - September 3, 2015

Fellowship Program: Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada Montreal David Savoie, Journalist/Reporter

post date : 2015.10.30

Picture 2As part of the 2015–2016 FPCJ Fellowship Program, CBC/Radio-Canada Montreal journalist David Savoie visited Japan from August 24 to September 9.

Mr. Savoie is very interested in women participating in the workforce, part of the Abe government’s growth strategy. During this trip he primarily covered women’s participation in the workforce and Japan’s economic recovery (topics which had not been particularly reported on yet in French Canada), while also covering Japan-Canada cultural exchange. He travelled to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

(Photo: In the FPCJ office)


WAW!(リサイズ)On the topic of women’s participation in the workforce and Japan’s economic recovery, in addition to two days spent covering the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo (WAW! 2015) held by the Japanese government, he also attended a briefing by the Gender Equality Bureau Cabinet Office and spoke with experts. He also interviewed several women active in a variety of fields, who balance both work and family in industries dominated by men, in order to get a handle on trends for women in the workforce in the private sector. In order to increase his understanding of Japanese economic trends, he spoke with economists and saw examples of innovation by Japanese companies.

(Photo: Prime Minister Abe’s opening speech at WAW! 2015)


Homarenishiki 2On the topic of Japan-Canada cultural exchange, he interviewed Brodi Henderson (Homarenishiki), the first Canadian sumo wrestler in Japan in 30 years, and Randy Channell Soei, a Canadian practitioner of tea ceremony.

(Photo: Mr. Savoie (left) and Homarenishiki (right) in Nishikido stable in Ryogoku)






*Articles written based on this trip are linked below.

“Le rituel ancestral du thé vert au Japon” (September 28, 2015)



 “Toshiba se lance dans l'agriculture” (September 30, 2015)



“Portrait d'un lutteur sumo canadien” (October 1, 2015)



“Les produits japonais importés ici”(October 22, 2015)



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